Medical cannabis has been a controversial topic. Ask someone to describe the effects of marijuana and you’ll most likely hear a description of an unmotivated, sluggish teenager.
Cannabis was first introduced in western medicine in the mid-19th century. It then became one of the top three most prescribed medicines in the US. It was not until 1937 that its usage was restricted and considered illegal.
However, things have been moving in a positive direction for medical cannabis.
As more policymakers are actively working on marijuana reform, we can expect to see some changes this year. In fact, following his campaign pledge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently introduced a bill seeking legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Canada.
A report by UNICEF shows that Canada is one of the nations with the highest marijuana usage among youth.
If you’re still on the fence about marijuana, check out these 5 awesome medical cannabis benefits that may or may not, surprise you.
There’s one common thing that happens to most people after cannabis consumption: it makes them feel better.
For this reason, it’s no surprise one of the greatest medical cannabis benefits is the relief of chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
When used in low doses, the relaxing qualities of cannabis helps to improve a person’s mood.
While medical cannabis doesn’t kill cancer, a good number of studies have shown the positive impact of cannabis on some symptoms and side effects of cancer. In particular, drugs containing cannabinoids have been developed and used to treat pain, nausea and vomiting, which are all side effects of cancer treatment.
Research, conducted at the Scripps Research Institute in California, U.S., shows that medical cannabis is useful in slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s occurs due to the formation of beta-Amyloid plaques in the brain, which kills nerve cells. However, the active chemicals in cannabis can slow down this build-up.
Glaucoma is a condition where there’s an increased pressure on the eyeball (known as intraocular pressure), which can damage your eye’s optic nerve. Prolonged glaucoma condition will eventually lead to loss of vision.
Cannabis helps counter this by reducing the pressure and slowing down the progression of glaucoma.
Very often when we associate marijuana with smoke, we overlook one of the core medical cannabis benefits: it enhances lung function.
Remember tobacco kills your lung, but cannabis improves it. In fact, cannabis can open up the lungs and increase their capacities, making it great for people with asthma conditions.
A Final Take on Medical Cannabis Benefits
Despite all the controversies and restrictions, it’s hard to deny the tremendous benefits of medical cannabis. Though we’ve only mentioned five areas where marijuana can make a difference, there are many other amazing health effects you can get from consuming marijuana.
So it’s about time to accept what medical cannabis can offer!
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